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"FGZ im Gespräch" event - Freies Gymnasium Zürich hosts a series of presentations on topical themes

What do a professor of history, the former Mayor of Zurich, the head of a cardiac surgery department, an Oscar winner, the former director of a prison and a stock exchange specialist and investor have in common? They have all been illustrious speakers in the FGZ im Gespräch public event. 

For more than ten years, Freies Gymnasium Zürich has regularly invited interesting personalities from society, politics, science and economics to speak about topical subjects – such as "Brexit" or the "Challenges Posed by Islam in Switzerland". The fact that many of the speakers were once students at FGZ is naturally particularly gratifying. On this page, you will find a list of the more than 30 presentations that have taken place at FGZ so far. Should you wish to be informed about future presentations, please register at sekretariat@fgz.ch.

 

2018

  • 21 March 2018: Prof. Valerio Mante, Institute for Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich: "Was ist dem Menschen erlaubt, wenn er sich auf den Weg macht, seinen Drang nach Erkenntnis zu stillen?" (more)
  • 9 April 2018: Shlomo Graber, Holocaust survivor (more)
  • 5 September 2018: Marina Pisklakova, Frauenrechtsaktivistin und Gründerin des ersten Krisenzentrums für Frauen in Russland (mehr)
  • 22 November 2018: Catherine Ackermann: "Be the leader of your life"

 

2017

  • 12 January 2017: Nico Issenmann, decades of experience in international corporate management, former FGZ student: "bibi – weltweiter Recall einer Produktereihe und die Konsequenzen für das Coming Back" (more)
  • 1 March 2017: Prof. Dr. Rifa'at Lenzin, Islamic scholar, theologist and philosopher: "Herausforderung Islam in der Schweiz – Vom Umgang mit Fremdem" (more)
  • 18 May 2017: Dr. med. G. Riedler: "Vom FGZ an der St. Annagasse zum Indianertipi in South Dakota" (more)
  • 1 June 2017: Princess Akiko of Mikasa, Member of the imperial family of Japan (more)
  • 25 October 2017: José Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (more)
  • 23 November 2017: Dina Casparis: "Junganwältin auf Klientenjagd am Filmfestival in Cannes stolpert über den heissen Deal eines Klienten und ihre High Heels" (more)

 

2016

  • 2 March 2016: Dr. Jo Seoka, Bishop of Pretoria: "Erinnerungen an die Zeit von Mandela und der Apartheid sowie aktuelle Themen wie Chancengleichheit, sozialer Ausgleich und Bildungsmöglichkeiten" (more)
  • 14 April 2016: Sabine Gisiger, filmmaker, former FGZ student: "Dokumentarisches Filmschaffen"
  • 2 June 2016: Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, Chair of Economics, ETH Zurich, FGZ Board Member: "Nudges – geniale Idee oder fragwürdiges Instrument" (more)
  • 29 September 2016: Prof. Dr. Alexander Huber, Director of ENT Clinic of University Hospital Zurich, former FGZ student: "Spitzentechnologie im Ohr – Der Kampf gegen die Schwerhörigkeit" (more)
  • 30 November 2016: Roger N. Balsiger, former British Honorary Consul for North Eastern Switzerland and honorary member of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce: "Brexit – vom Empire zum Drittlandstaat?" (more)

 

2015

  • 12 March 2015: Dr. Walter Fetscherin, former Ambassador to Russia, and Thomas Mathys, former Military Attaché to the Ukraine, both former FGZ students: "Werdegang und Sicht auf den Russland-Ukraine-Konflikt"
  • 8 April 2015: Philipp Tingler, philosopher and Tagesanzeiger blogger

 

2014

  • 6 March 2014: Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt, Chair of Product Development and Construction, ETH Zurich: "Menschenzentrierte Produkteentwicklung"
  • June 2014: Alexis Schwarzenbach, historian, writer, professor at Lucerne College of Art and Design, former FGZ student: "Mein Leben"

 

2013

  • October 2013: Flori Lang, professional swimmer, and Bettina Schneebeli, opera singer, both former FGZ students: "Höchstleistungen in kompetitivem Umfeld"
  • 3 July 2013: Hans-Ulrich Meier, former director of Pöschwies Prison, former FGZ student: "Strafvollzug und Abschreckung"

 

2012

  • 11 May 2012: Marc Faber, stock exchange specialist and investor, former FGZ student: "The Cause and Investment Implications of Dishonest Money"
  • 20 September 2012: Jürg Schmid, Director of Swiss Tourism: "Die Schweiz als Label"

 

2011

  • 7 February 2011: Urs Schoettli, Japan Correspondent for NZZ, Asia specialist: "Lehrer – Schüler – Eltern: Was können sie von den Asiaten lernen?"
  • 15 March 2011: Igor Akhmerov, CEO Avelar: "International energy business – Swiss and Russian perspectives"
  • 21 June 2011: Nick Beglinger, CEO Swisscleantech, former FGZ student: "Von der FGZ-Mensa zu Cleantech"
  • 27 June 2011: Carolina Müller-Möhl, entrepreneur: "Finanzen – kein Problem?"
  • 15 December 2011: Marc Henauer, Head of Federal Cybercrime Coordination Unit, former FGZ student: "Internetkriminalität"
  • September 2012: Maximilian Schell, Oscar winner, actor, director, producer, former FGZ student: "Rückkehr an seine alte Schule nach 65 Jahren"

 

2010

  • 13 January 2010: Dr. Claudia Steinfels, Managing Director Sotheby's Zurich, former FGZ student: "Blick hinter die Kulissen eines internationalen Auktionshauses"
  • 8 March 2010: Martin Naville, CEO Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, FGZ Board Member, member of the Scholarship Fund Board, former FGZ student: "Die USA – ein Vorbild?"
  • 18 May 2010: Dr. med. Christian Wenk, Senior Physician at the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Notteil , pianist, national handbike trainer: "Ist das Glas halb voll oder halb leer? Eine (verrückte) Lebensgeschichte"
  • 6 September 2010: Prof. Dr. med. René Prêtre, Head of Cardiac Surgery Department at Children's Hospital Zurich, voted Swiss of the Year in 2009: "Die Faszination des Herzens"

 

2009

  • February 2009: Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr, Professor of Microeconomics and Experimental Economic research, University of Zurich: "Der Mensch im Spannungsfeld von Eigennutz und Gemeinnutz"
  • May 2009: Prof. Dr. Mark Farha, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies: "Die arabischen Staaten zwischen Jihad und McWorld"

 

2008

  • January 2008: Prof. Dr. Bruno S. Frey, permanent Visiting Professor of Political Economy, University of Basel: "Glück – aus Sicht der Ökonomie"
  • May 2008: Dr. Elmar Ledergerber, former Mayor of Zurich: "Der Wirtschaftsstandort Zürich"

 

2007

  •  April 2007: Prof. Dr. Fritz Stern, Professor of History, Columbia University, New York: "Von Breslau nach New York – Erlebte Geschichte und mein Weg als Historiker"

 

2006

  • November 2006: Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke, Chair of Neuropsychology, University of Zurich: "Was das Gehirn lernt. Gibt es eine Neuropädagogik?"